Learn how to tie the Hollow Fleye Squid pattern including step-by-step instructions, a video tutorial, pictures, and much more. Improve your fly tying skills here.

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The Hollow Fleye Squid is a phenomenal pattern for Stripers keyed in on schooling Squid at night and during the day. This fly is intricately tied with a variety of techniques that are easy to learn and fun to use in a variety of other streamer patterns. Tune in as Jared teaches you the steps to tie the Hollow Fleye Squid with tips, techniques, and advice for tying this Hollow Fleye-style Squid pattern.


Step One:

Start the fly by tying in 6 Strung Hackle Feathers. You should prep these feathers before tying them in by coloring them with markers. Tie them around the Hard Mono so they're equally spaced out to appear as tentacles. These feathers will give the fly extra movement in the water.

Step Two:

Next, create a dubbing ball to glue the eyes onto. It's difficult to glue eyes to a single strand of Hard Mono so this will give you some bulk to secure the eyes.

Step Three:

Glue the eyes onto the dubbing ball, one on each side of the fly.

Step Four:

Fill the space between the eyes with UV Clear Fly Finish to further anchor the eyes in place. 

Step Five:

Remove the Hard Mono from the vise and tie the Mono onto the hook shank. Create a small tie in point to make it easier to spin the Deer Hair later then reinforce the thread wraps with superglue. 

Step Six:

Choose a chunk of Deer Hair and spin it around the hook shank to create a 360-degree body. Measure your Deer Hair before tying it in to make sure it extends slightly past the eyes of the fly. Use thread pressure and your fingers to manipulate the hair so it spins around the hook shank. 

Step Seven:

Next, add Ice Wing Fiber to give the body some color and flash. Again, tie the Ice Wing Fiber in so it spins around the hook shank then push the fibers rearward and use your thread to anchor them in place. 

Step Eight:

Begin tying in Deer Hair with a hollow tie. Capture the Deer Hair with a reverse tie and spin it around the hook shank. After it's fully distributed around the hook shank, use a hollow pen casing to push the fibers rearward and pull your thread through at a 90-degree angle. Continue stroking the fibers back as you create a cone with your thread to keep them facing rearward. 

Step Nine:

Repeat Step Eight with Ice Wing Fiber. 

Step Ten:

Repeat Step Eight with Deer Hair slightly farther up the hook shank. 

Step Eleven:

Repeat Step Eight with Ice Wing Fiber slightly farther up the hook shank. 

Step Twelve:

Repeat Step Eight just behind the eye of the hook. 

Step Thirteen:

Repeat Step Eight with Ice Wing Fiber right behind the eye of the hook. Throw a whip finish and you're done! That's the Hollow Fleye Squid, a great pattern for Striper fishing and targeting other saltwater fish that feed on squid. While there are a few moving parts to this fly, it's relatively repetitive so once you get the hang of it it becomes relatively straightforward. 


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